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Zim unveils ‘Food For Work’ drought relief scheme for urbanites

By Staff Writer

ZIMBABWE has tabled plans to introduce a drought relief scheme where selected urban folks recioeve cash payouts in exchange for their labour.

In a document titled Cash for Cereals Urban Food deficit Mitigation Strategy dated May 28 2024, Minister July Moyo said in line with the Policy of leaving no one and no place behind ,the government came up with an effective response to cater for the food insecure urban population , using cash transfers in the cash based urban economy.

Registration of beneficiaries is proposed to be guided by the results of ZimLAC to determine the number of people to benefit in each area.

“The beneficiaries can cash out their entitlements from Ecocash booths or shops and NetOne shops or buy food directly in shops using the mobile money platforms.

“Conditional cash transfers will be received by labour endowed poor households and the condition will be that they undertake public works and receive cash to allow them to buy food,” said Moyo.

Once data is collected , there will be a need for validation to make sure that there are no exclusion and inclusion will be a random selection of at least 10 % of the registered population and door to door validation will be conducted by social development officers.

Additionally the communities will also be engaged to provide feedback on the registered beneficiaries and validate their eligibility.After this process is done, the final list of beneficiaries is then compiled.It is proposed that the validation process takes no more than seven days .

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